This longing for a lost time was so intense I thought it might split me in two, like a tree hit by lightning. I was — as the expression goes — flooded by memories. It was a submersion in the past that threatened to overwhelm any “rational” experience of the present, water coming up around my branches, rising higher. I did not care much about work I had to do. I was consumed by memories of seemingly trivial things. –The Long Goodbye by Meghan O’Rourke

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story driven by a character’s longing for a lost time.

Journaling Prompt: What part of your past do you long for? Write about those memories.

Art Prompt: Longing for a past time

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how they can use the natural longing for the past to enrich their lives rather than to escape from it.

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